1982-11-13 Ray Mancini w rsc 14 (15) Deuk-Koo Kim, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA

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1982-11-13 Ray Mancini w rsc 14 (15) Deuk-Koo Kim, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Richard Greene. In what was a gruelling and punishing contest, with both men giving and taking, although Mancini (134¾) gradually went to the front every now and then the tough southpaw challenger would shake him up with heavy rights and lefts to the head. However, by the tenth the body shots had begun to take effect, and in the 13th Mancini had a big round when driving Kim (134¼) before him as he slammed in punches from both hands. Somehow Kim found the strength to hit back, but it was his last effort before being belted around the ring in the 14th by rights and lefts prior to a cracking right hand dropping him. Even though he beat the count, Kim was rescued by the referee on the 19-second mark prior to collapsing in his corner and being taken unconscious from the ring on a stretcher. Tragically, Kim failed to survive an operation to remove a blood clot from the brain, dying in hospital several days later.

Having come back with a ten-round points win over England’s George Feeney in a non-title fight at the Sports Palace, St Vincent, Italy on 6 February 1983, Mancini was forced to withdraw from a title defence against Kenny Bogner, planned for 27 May, after breaking a collar bone a few weeks earlier. Back in training quicker than expected, Mancini signed to defend his title against an unknown Peruvian, Orlando Romero, in September.